Where (very) big plays come to life

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome qualifies as an endangered species these days. The University of Minnesota will vacate the 26-year-old building for the on-campus TCF Bank Stadium next season, and baseball's Twins will open Target Field in 2010.

The Vikings are hoping to move out of the building as well, but in the meantime the Metrodome is building a unique brand of history.

Our friends at ESPN Stats & Information point out that the Metrodome has been the site of the longest pass, the longest run and the longest overall play in NFL history. Here is a look at each:

  • Longest pass (tied with 10 others): Sunday night, Minnesota quarterback Gus Frerotte threw a 99-yard touchdown pass to receiver Bernard Berrian.

  • Longest play: In 2007, San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie returned a missed field goal 109 yards for touchdown.

  • Longest run: During the 1982 season, Dallas running back Tony Dorsett ran 99 yards for a touchdown. (The date of game was January 3, 1983.)